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by Stephen Harvey

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MarinusJ Uneasy listening. Aural autoflagellation. Noisy drone a la Gnaw their Tongues, though, as evidenced by the non-burning churches on the sleeve (look closely, they aren't) , metal is not the starting point. The result is punishing nonetheless, especially track 1. Normally not my cup of tea/chalice of blood, but the medieval chant lends it some direction and, at times, a soothing quality. Favorite track: Section IV.
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Section I 09:27
Section II 07:35
Section III 06:33
Section IV 05:32
Section V 08:46


I desire conflict, friction and incongruity in music—broken detail, fractured sound, noise, silence, ugliness, flexibility and constraint, violence and beauty—sometimes as a device to reveal or mask and at other moments to highlight subtleties that might otherwise go unobserved. It is the stuff that disrupts, interferes or disturbs on which I fix my gaze. Equally it is the influence of gaps, spaces and silences between the details that can often generate the most fascinating results. By layering seemingly incongruous material one can alter the way it is formed, creating interesting gestural quirks and intriguing inconsistency. Seemingly incongruent noises are 'collided' as if in a car crash, creating new shapes, crumpled and disfigured, that emerge from the once rigid surface of the vehicle’s steel body.

It is with these methods in mind that I formalise the ideas behind much of what I do, particularly in reference to the CollidedVoices project. Through CollidedVoices I explore a notion where melody, in the form of medieval vocal music, is both resistant to destruction and is able to co-exist with noise, harmoniously. Contextualizing the work within the realm of improvisation, art music, studio composition, noise, pop and electronica, my work references much that has gone before. However, these approaches to negotiation, exploration and intertextualisation function as a personal filter through which unusual and unique combinations of elements are revealed within the musical frame.


released November 10, 2014

Recorded and mixed at University of Huddersfield 2014
All instrumentation: Stephen Harvey
Additional mastering: Dominic Thibault
Cover photography and design: Stephen Harvey


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